Linked by Hadrien Grasland on Mon 28th Feb 2011 11:23 UTC, submitted by Joao Luis
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Now that the dust has settled after Stephen Elop's big announcement on the 11th February 2011, many have come to realise that actually Nokia's move towards a a new Ecosystem is not as bad as what they thought. [...] But what does all this mean for the Nokia Developers? When the proposed partnership with Microsoft was announced, many felt betrayed and worried about their future, but after having heard and assisted a number of workshops at the Nokia Developer Day at this years Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, earlier this month, their outlook towards the new ecosystem has taken a 180 degree turn and are now looking at the proposed partnership with a lot more enthusiasm, recognising the potential it will bring them in the coming months."
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RE[4]: Biased article
by dsmogor on Mon 28th Feb 2011 18:10 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Biased article"
dsmogor
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2005-09-01

How is that, that a cell phone frequently costing as much as a decent laptop is treated as a disposable 15 mniutes play toy, and the laptop isn't?

Edited 2011-02-28 18:11 UTC

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RE[5]: Biased article
by Not2Sure on Mon 28th Feb 2011 18:41 in reply to "RE[4]: Biased article"
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2009-12-07

Size of the package *ahem*

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RE[6]: Biased article
by dsmogor on Tue 1st Mar 2011 13:31 in reply to "RE[5]: Biased article"
dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

I asked about consumer perception of durability more that a feature parity.
Somehow consumers were convinced that a luxry good the smarthone definately is could be easily disposed like a say, mp3 player. The acceptance for poor durability regardless of the price point follows.

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RE[5]: Biased article
by Laurence on Tue 1st Mar 2011 08:41 in reply to "RE[4]: Biased article"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

How is that, that a cell phone frequently costing as much as a decent laptop is treated as a disposable 15 mniutes play toy, and the laptop isn't?

First off, I don't know where you live but in the UK you can't buy decent laptops for the same price as even a top end smart phone.

However, to address your question, quite simply because phone contracts disperse the cost of handsets over a 12 to 24 month period. Thus the cost of a handset becomes almost transparent. Add to that moving to a new contract (even with the same network provider) is always sold as an "upgrade" because you receive a new "free" handset (which again is absorbed in the cost of the network usage).

Plus those that buy their smart phones outright buy cheaper ones (as they're after a cheaper alternative to expensive contracts) and all the rest likely have "hand me downs" from friends / relatives so don't pay much if anything at all.

Thus the cost people spend up front for phones does not even come close to the cost people spend up front for new computers.

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RE[6]: Biased article
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 1st Mar 2011 15:04 in reply to "RE[5]: Biased article"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

First off, I don't know where you live but in the UK you can't buy decent laptops for the same price as even a top end smart phone.


I don't know about the English, Irish or Welsh, but I'm sure no true Scotsman would buy anything less than a decent laptop. That's for sure.

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